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Romance from the Holy Land comes to the Cinematheque Centre Manila

The Embassy of Israel, in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), presents the 14th Israeli Film Festival featuring love stories in the Israeli cinema. With the theme “Romance in the Holy Land,” the cultural event features five films topped by the 2008 film The Band’s Visit, which is to open the festival on Thursday, May 26, at the Cinematheque Centre Manila.

Directed by Eran Kolirin, The Band’s Visit follows the Egyptian Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, as its eight members end up stranded in a faraway town in the middle of the Negev Desert.  Though supposed to have played at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, the band ends up getting to know the town’s quiet residents, their music a bridge that allows them to surpass cultural barriers.

Alongside The Band’s Visit, this year’s line-up includes two poignant dramas, Jellyfish and Restoration, and two romantic comedies, 5 Hours from Paris and 2 Night.

Based on the story by Shira Geffen, Jellyfish, directed by her husband, follows the lives of three women living in Tel Aviv: a bride, waitress, and domestic helper, whose lives unexpectedly intersect at a wedding reception, giving a telling portrait of modern Israeli life.  The film won the Camera d’Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.  

Restoration, directed by Yossi Madmoni, tells of the struggles of a veteran furniture restorer as he must choose between selling his business as his son desires, or give it up to his ambitious apprentice who wishes to succeed him.  Writer Erez Kav-El won the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for the screenplay of the film.

5 Hours from Paris, a comedy by Leonid Prudovsky, tells of the budding romantic relationship between an Israeli taxi driver and a married Russian immigrant, despite the fact that she is planning to leave the country for good.  2 Night begins when two strangers meet at a bar and plan to spend the night together—if only they could find a parking spot—soon finding themselves in a road-trip that they will never forget.


The screening schedule for Cinematheque Centre Manila:


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